Friday, July 11, 2008
It's not often that you see mainstream media members completely trash a production by other people in the business, so this article by Jason Whitlock was a welcome change. In fact he takes each individual to task on why they don't work in the format and praises the only person who deserves it, Cris Collinsworth....
NBC executives must have missed the memo: The Big Show era is dead. ESPN killed it. Every Tom, Dick and Stu Scott wannabe beat the other side of the pillow, cold and Pooh season and en fuego to death.The whole piece is spot on and rather entertaining (the Mariotti dig in the beginning is hilrious) and worth a read. In the end, it's not the trashing part that I care about, it's the honesty. Having this many people on a telecast is distracting and completely over-doing it. It would have made sense to bring on Dan Patrick if they were getting rid of a few people, but adding him to the calvecade of random individuals is just going to make things worse.
It ain't coming back.
What's worse is that Football Night was already hamstrung by an overcrowded set featuring talking heads with limited insight about, connection to and passion for the NFL....
....Nope, Football Night has just one star — Cris Collinsworth. He loves the game. He immerses himself in the game. He's willing to be outspoken about the game. He's just not on camera enough because the show has to make room for all the guys moonlighting as football experts. Collinsworth has no one to talk to on his level. I'd bet he's the only person on the show who actually watches game film.
Dan Patrick, a brilliant broadcaster, won't help. He's a clever radio host, but he's not a football guy. Patrick will be one more person on the show who has little real interest in the game.
I'm sure all these guys are football fans. Hell, they probably operate great fantasy teams. But they'll all contribute to one big, sloppy mess on Sunday nights. In terms of relevance and chemistry, the NBC show will lose more ground to Terry, Howie, Jimmy and Curt Menefee.
NBC's cast of thousands is a bad act (FOX Sports)